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(NYPost)   Some asshole says one of the greatest baseball players to come along in decades is destroying the sport because he uses an interpreter   (nypost.com) divider line
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2021-07-12 4:02:45 PM  
Like Smith's English is that great. Foreign players have come from all over to play baseball. Panama, Japan, Cuba, etc. And not many speak English well, and have thrived. He can go fark himself.
 
2021-07-12 4:15:02 PM  
Maybe I shoulda said DiMaggio
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2021-07-12 4:17:31 PM  
Someone told me that he actaully gets paid to say this kind of stupid shiat?
 
2021-07-12 4:19:44 PM  
Stephen A. Smith harms sportswriters every time he opens his mouth.
 
2021-07-12 4:20:08 PM  

Gubbo: Someone told me that he actaully gets paid to say this kind of stupid shiat?


Now you know where Skip Bayless got his bit.
 
2021-07-12 4:20:24 PM  
Last year's AL MVP, Jose Abreu of the White Sox also uses an interpreter. I guess that was ok for Smith cuz Abreu is from this hemisphere.
 
2021-07-12 4:29:09 PM  
Look, all he's saying is that if you want a shot at experiencing the American Dream(tm), then immigrants should come here already being American citizens who can speak English.

Is that really too much to ask?
 
2021-07-12 4:30:01 PM  
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2021-07-12 5:12:21 PM  
Stephen A. Smith is wrong?  Must be a day that ends in Y
 
2021-07-12 5:34:16 PM  
"The fact that you got a foreign player that doesn't speak English, that needs an interpreter, believe it or not, I think contributes to harming the game to some degree, when that's your box-office appeal," said Smith, who is paid a reported $12 million annually to share his opinions with the ESPN audience. "It needs to be somebody like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, those guys. Unfortunately at this moment in time, that's not the case.

Yeah, go f*ck yourself, you jingoistic piece of shiat.
 
2021-07-12 5:39:20 PM  
Didn't Ichiro use a translator for a while?
 
2021-07-12 5:40:01 PM  
Actions speak louder than words and his on-the-field actions are clear in any language.
 
2021-07-12 5:43:18 PM  

wxboy: Didn't Ichiro use a translator for a while?


There's a whole farkton of foreign players that use translators or otherwise don't speak English well/at all.  Probably four or five on each team, if not more.  From Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, etc., etc.
 
2021-07-12 5:44:19 PM  
plenty of players who use interpreters speak english pretty damn well, but choose to anyway to make sure everything gets through in the interview clearly

smith and his talking head ilk do more harm to sports than any player using an interpreter ever has.  gotta keep 'relevant' by manufacturing 'controversy at every turn
 
2021-07-12 5:45:53 PM  
Stephen A. Smith is upset the guy doesn't play for a team he likes, but if Shohei Ohtani wins 10 games and hit 50/60 homeruns the guy is the mvp... and that is good for the sport of baseball which needs it after the Astros.
 
2021-07-12 5:46:47 PM  

wxboy: Didn't Ichiro use a translator for a while?


Ichiro's Favorite American Expression
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and he didn't really need to
 
2021-07-12 5:48:12 PM  
He's doubling down:

Amazing that folks still don't know me after all these years. If I am wrong about something, I will apologize. Especially if I unintentionally offend ANY GROUP of people - because it's the right thing to do. Period! I'm BLACK. I would know! See y'all tomorrow on
@FirstTake

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/sta​t​us/1414683895459688452
 
2021-07-12 5:49:58 PM  

Rwa2play: Gubbo: Someone told me that he actaully gets paid to say this kind of stupid shiat?

Now you know where Skip Bayless got his bit.


Skip was the original lousy journalist-turned-shiatty-take-artist.  Screamin' A just took it to a new level.
 
2021-07-12 5:53:57 PM  
I never liked this loudmouth motherf*cker and I hope this ruins him. Talk about harming an industry. Look at what his influence has done to Bomani Jones. Bo used to be cool and thoughtful; now he's more of a circus crow. Shut the f*ck up Stephen A, you're just boring now.
 
2021-07-12 5:54:33 PM  
Hmmm, my guess on who said that was Skip Bayless, but Screamin' A. Smith would be second.

Either that or one of the assholes on Barstool Sports
 
2021-07-12 5:55:36 PM  
Ohtani can speak some English, he gave a 2 minute speech when he accepted his Rookie of the Year award in 2019. He has had catchers go out to the mound without his interpreter Ippei, Ippei only goes out with the coaches. But speaking off the cuff when you know your words are going to be blasted out to the entire world is intimidating, many players don't do interviews well in their native language. Ohtani's play is what matters. Vlad Guerrero Sr., who couldn't really speak English at all, was asked about the language barrier and he said "My bat speaks 10 languages."
 
2021-07-12 6:23:42 PM  
What kind of ignorant bullshiat is this? SAS is an outdated moron.
 
2021-07-12 6:23:44 PM  
Glad to see the torching of SAS was handled here. He is a giant piece of shiat
 
2021-07-12 6:28:48 PM  
From Terry Pluto's 'Our Tribe: A Baseball Memoir.'

---

I'd tell him how Dennis Martinez was my favorite pitcher. I told him about a story I wrote about Martinez in 1979. I was a rookie baseball writer in Baltimore, and Martinez was a young pitcher with the Orioles. He was from Nicaragua, and his English was limited. I wrote a story where I quoted him exactly, in very broken English. I thought I was being funny.

The next day, a veteran Baltimore sportswriter named Phil Jackman asked me, "I read your story about Dennis. I was just wondering, how is your Spanish?"

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"Your Spanish," Jackman said. "Wonder how you'd do if you were interviewed in Spanish."

I said I had taken two years in high school, and I remembered about twenty words. But I also had gotten Jackman's point and I was feeling about two inches tall.

"Look, cut these Latin guys a break," he said. "They come over here at sixteen years old. They don't know any English. They give you time for an interview, and you..."

"I know, I know..." I said.

"Listen, just help the guy," Jackman said. "I'm not saying make him sound like Abe Lincoln, but you know what he's trying to say --- don't embarrass him."

My father liked that story, probably because it's the kind of advice he'd have given me if he had been in Baltimore that year with me.

---

Sometimes when you're an asshole it requires somebody else taking the time to pull you aside and set you straight rather than just being an asshole in return in order to get what is going on. Pluto has often talked about that moment as being a formative one for him.
 
2021-07-12 6:29:48 PM  
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2021-07-12 6:46:31 PM  

someonelse: [Fark user image 346x750]


Translation:  "CNN just called me out to the woodshed, and might actually hold me responsible.  I'm sorry if you were offended."

GFY, I hope they fire you, and I hope you remain unemployable in perpetuity.
 
2021-07-12 6:47:00 PM  

buckeyebrain: He's doubling down:

Amazing that folks still don't know me after all these years. If I am wrong about something, I will apologize. Especially if I unintentionally offend ANY GROUP of people - because it's the right thing to do. Period! I'm BLACK. I would know! See y'all tomorrow on
@FirstTake

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/stat​us/1414683895459688452


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"I wasn't going to apologize but ESPN made me. I'm *sincerely* sorry."

EABOD, Steve.
 
2021-07-12 6:51:49 PM  
I'd like to think if we just just ignored Stephen Smith he'd just go away .... but then you got morons like subby who keep fanning the flames. so whatever he's doing is working. so he gets millions and subby gets a green! win win!
 
2021-07-12 6:52:31 PM  
ESPN has had a bad week, or so with Stephen A. Smith and Rachel Nichols both being assholes.
 
2021-07-12 6:53:51 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Look, all he's saying is that if you want a shot at experiencing the American Dream(tm), then immigrants should come here already being American citizens who can speak English.

Is that really too much to ask?



Username checks out.
 
2021-07-12 6:56:02 PM  
I'd like to see Otani's bat hit Stephen A. Smith a few times.
 
2021-07-12 7:02:25 PM  

Nick el Ass: ESPN has had a bad week, or so with Stephen A. Smith and Rachel Nichols both being assholes.


oh yea? we're talking about them. seems like a good week for them
 
2021-07-12 7:03:04 PM  
But it was okay for this guy Stephen?

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2021-07-12 7:16:57 PM  

NKURyan: buckeyebrain: He's doubling down:

Amazing that folks still don't know me after all these years. If I am wrong about something, I will apologize. Especially if I unintentionally offend ANY GROUP of people - because it's the right thing to do. Period! I'm BLACK. I would know! See y'all tomorrow on
@FirstTake

https://twitter.com/stephenasmith/stat​us/1414683895459688452

someonelse: [Fark user image 346x750]

"I wasn't going to apologize but ESPN made me. I'm *sincerely* sorry."

EABOD, Steve.


It definitely has that feel.
 
2021-07-12 7:23:42 PM  
Why is he suddenly surprised that a baseball player uses an interpreter? Ichiro had one for like 20 years.
 
2021-07-12 7:29:13 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: Why is he suddenly surprised that a baseball player uses an interpreter? Ichiro had one for like 20 years.


And it's not unique to baseball.  Basketball, hockey, boxing have all had ESL superstars.
 
2021-07-12 7:32:27 PM  
How in the world will the NBA have global appeal if stars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry need an interpreter in a huge market like China? Or even in Europe? Can't they speak fluent French or some basic Mandarin?

Or how about the NFL? Can't Tom Brady learn Wolof or Zulu?

We're just ruining the global appeal of the NBA and the NFL if the top athletes need an interpreter. It's denigrating to the sport in general.
 
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2021-07-12 7:38:06 PM  
I wish he would cease to exist. Maybe tape a picture of his stupid face on all the balls tossed towards ohtani tonight.
 
2021-07-12 7:52:57 PM  
I wonder what he thinks of the WORLD Series.
 
2021-07-12 8:00:52 PM  

Flappyhead: cameroncrazy1984: Why is he suddenly surprised that a baseball player uses an interpreter? Ichiro had one for like 20 years.

And it's not unique to baseball.  Basketball, hockey, boxing have all had ESL superstars.


Most importantly why does it matter to this bigot?? I guess Ohtani should spend more time in English class rather than doing what he's doin.
 
2021-07-12 8:41:39 PM  
I used to keep ESPN on in the background throughout the morning. Not any more, now it's news. One of the reasons is that braying jackass and the other reason is they don't show scores and highlights in the goddamn morning anymore!!!

WTF??? I don't want some Fox News crappy "hot take." Shut up and tell me who won the late game, how many points did So and So get, what's on tap for the weekend. You know...Sportscenter.
 
2021-07-12 8:57:42 PM  
This the one that finally gets him fired?
 
2021-07-12 9:00:41 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: wxboy: Didn't Ichiro use a translator for a while?

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and he didn't really need to


He's not wrong
 
2021-07-12 9:18:14 PM  
So we are all just going to pretend like U.S. Americans would not make this ball player king of the world if he could be marketed to death speaking English and selling Fords?  SAS is dumb as a box of hammers but a broke clock is right and can't git fooled again.
 
2021-07-12 9:34:23 PM  

devilskware: I'd like to think if we just just ignored Stephen Smith he'd just go away .... but then you got morons like subby who keep fanning the flames. so whatever he's doing is working. so he gets millions and subby gets a green! win win!



I've tried ignoring him for years, yet, here we are.
 
2021-07-12 9:36:11 PM  

Nick el Ass: Stephen A. Smith is upset the guy doesn't play for a team he likes, but if Shohei Ohtani wins 10 games and hit 50/60 homeruns the guy is the mvp... and that is good for the sport of baseball which needs it after the Astros.


You're damn straight
Fark the Astros*
 
2021-07-13 8:04:31 AM  
What a colossal twat.
 
2021-07-13 10:34:06 AM  

Stephen_Falken: I never liked this loudmouth motherf*cker and I hope this ruins him. Talk about harming an industry. Look at what his influence has done to Bomani Jones. Bo used to be cool and thoughtful; now he's more of a circus crow. Shut the f*ck up Stephen A, you're just boring now.


I'll say this much: I'm liking LeBatard's new YouTube channel.
 
2021-07-13 6:35:09 PM  

Rwa2play: Stephen_Falken: I never liked this loudmouth motherf*cker and I hope this ruins him. Talk about harming an industry. Look at what his influence has done to Bomani Jones. Bo used to be cool and thoughtful; now he's more of a circus crow. Shut the f*ck up Stephen A, you're just boring now.

I'll say this much: I'm liking LeBatard's new YouTube channel.



Hell yes, they're doing great. Their 24-hour Freedumb livestream last month was awsum.
 
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